ASSESSING MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES OF CHILDREN IN HONG KONG
Wu, W. Y., Hong Kong Baptist University and Cheung, P. C., Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This study attempts to understand the multiple intelligences of children through a self-reported questionnaire Multiple Intelligence Scales (MIS) newly developed by Wu & Cheung (2001). The construction of the MIS was based on the seven types of intelligences proposed by Gardner (1983, 1993), namely musical, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, spatial, linguistic, interpersonal & intrapersonal intelligences. In order to examine the construct and concurrent validity of the MIS, 422 Chinese primary students completed the MIS questionnaire and the Teele Inventory of Multiple Intelligences (TIMI). As hypothesized, the MIS and the TIMI was positively correlated. In addition, there were grade differences in bodily- kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal & intrapersonal intelligences of the MIS. The implications of the findings in teaching and learning are discussed.